Red Sox 1B-C Mike Napoli, C Jarod Saltalamacchia, SS Stephen Drew and OF Jacoby Ellsbury are all eligible to be free agents this winter and each could entice the Mets and Yankees, Joel Sherman writes in the New York Post.
Sherman says the Red Sox would like to retain Ellsbury, but may hesitate to give him a long-term contract.
In regards to Napoli, Sherman feels the Mets could part ways with Lucas Duda, Ike Davis and Daniel Murphy by simply signing Napoli, who will be 32 years old next season.
Sherman speculates that Napoli may seek a three-year, $39 million contract.
Michael Baron, Contributor
Napoli took to first base really well in Boston, which unquestionably will increase his value this winter. He went from being a below average catcher without a position to a guy who could be attractive to clubs in both the American and National League. He hits for power and, while he he gets on base consistently, he also strikes out a lot, which should be a concern for the Mets, who had the fourth most strikeouts in the game. Injuries had been an issue for Napoli prior to 2013, when he was diagnosed with degenerative hips last year. But, he was durable all year and through the playoffs in 2013, so I wonder if getting out from behind the plate helped him stay healthy.
For Baron’s and Cerrone’s thoughts on Ellsbury, click here.
For Team MetsBlog’s thoughts on Drew, click here.
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